GIS - 26 July, 2018: The achievements and successful completion of the Protected Area Network (PAN) Project was showcased this morning at Bras D’Eau National Park in the presence of the Minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security, Mr Mahen Kumar Seeruttun.
The project which started in 2010 is a joint initiative of the Ministry in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme with funding to the tune of 4M US dollars from the Global Environment Facility. The aim is to enhance and protect the biodiversity in Mauritius.
The main objective of PAN which spans over 575 hectares of forests have been restored under the project to create a reconfigured network of private and state protected areas designed to safeguard a representative sample of Mauritius’ terrestrial biodiversity under an effective and adaptive management regime.
In his address Minister Seeruttun spoke of the importance of such project and underlined that the Protected Area Network Expansion Strategy 2017-2026 remains a landmark achievement as it sets the trajectory for the expansion of the protected area network. PAN demonstrates the commitment towards the work on Protected Areas, the UN Vision 2030 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals for the protection of the biodiversity, he said.
He further pointed out that the PAN project sets the vision to protect, conserve, and restore native biodiversity, natural landscape and ecosystem services in Mauritius to benefit present and future generations. Mr Seeruttun recalled that the PAN project engages each and everyone with an obligation to preserve the native biodiversity for the future generations.
On the same occasion, the two Management Plans for the Black River Gorges National Park and the Bras d’Eau National Park were launched. An award ceremony was also held for some 30 staff who have been trained in different courses organised under the capacity building component of the project.
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